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The Casting Out of Sin and the Seducer by HJ-Valdi The Casting Out of Sin and the Seducer by HJ-Valdi
I'm not actually a religious person, but it's hard to deny how evocative some religious content is, especially when depicted through art.

On top of that, at the moment I really want to try creating images that have a high art feel to them. That, to me, means working with the same sort of subject matter the masters would have used. Myth, legend and religion were popular themes, so there's my commonality.

There's still some noise to the render, but as it took 97 hours to reach 3000 samples in Lux, I decided to call it quits and move on to something else.

Image uses Oni Horns by Cool Tuna [link]

Created using Daz 4.5 Pro, Reality 2.5 + Luxrender 1.0, PS CS5 and a Wacom Bamboo.

Thanks for looking! :happybounce:
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mustakettu85 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the godrays and all those angles the composition is based on!
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I really love the term God rays. I'm really going to have to use it sometime.

Thank you very much for the :+fav:, too. They're always appreciated :happybounce:
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SimonJM Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Very nicely done with the fog and light rays - I wrestle with the fog in reality from time to time; currently I am down 5 falls to 1 ... ;)
Nice touch with the apple!
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Greatly appreciated :)

Lol, yeah the fog prop is something I'm still trying to get my head around properly too.
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JoswanKodaigo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Wow! Love the god rays. I'm not surprised it took so long.

Love all the details, including the apple. The high art feel is what makes this so spectacular.
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Greatly appreciated. I love the term "god rays". I may have to use that sometime. :)
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JoswanKodaigo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I'm new to using Lux, and I've run into them. I'd love to know how you did yours.
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure what software you're using Lux with, but I use Daz 4.5 Pro (it's free). One of the plug-ins available for Daz is called Reality. It acts as a bridge between Daz and Lux, but one of the props you get with it is a fog prop. There's a good tutorial by Paolo -the guy who created Reality- that shows him explaining how to do the light rays using the fog prop [link].

The only difference between how he does it in the video and how I did it is that I used a Sunlight (which you also get with Reality). For some reason using a mesh light wasn't enough for me.

Hope that helps. :)
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JoswanKodaigo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Yes, thank you! :D

That's exactly what I needed.
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reality is a little cheaper at the moment, and it doesn't get reduced in price too often. [link] :)
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JoswanKodaigo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
:) This is so. Thank you!
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EveryBurn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GREAT work. Love it. Did you use a light portal on the sun? I've found that this can really help reduce render times in Reality.
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Greatly appreciated.

Alas, no, I didn't use a light portal, though it's bloody obvious I should have done now that you mention it, (smacks self on forehead while exclaiming "d'oh"), lol. Oh well, something to keep in mind for next time, I guess. :)
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Cloister Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Impressive wings!
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, they're probably the best wings I've seen available for sheer scale. [link]
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Mild2Wild-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW WOW WOW, Sweetie, I really love this one, The light, poses and everything are just perfect !!! :tighthug:
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, Sweetie. Always a pleasure to see a comment from you. :hug:

Thank you kindly for the :+fav: (as ever), and the folder advice. :)
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Mild2Wild-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww You are too Sweet my Dear and you are very welcome, I always love seeing your art !! :tighthug:
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! :dance:
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Mild2Wild-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL
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mbinz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
very nice work! Is that the Reality fog prop? ...I've got something similar running at the moment but within sacrament... (5days so far - expecting another week on top!) `)
...which windows are they, I think I remember some old daz stuff that had something like that, medieval something or other...?
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Yes, it's the fog prop. I'm not sure I've got the hang of it quite yet, but it's fun to play with.

Lol, you really are the master of epic render times! But I'm looking forward to seeing what you're working on. I really need to run through your D-form tut sometime, as I recently realised I suck at using them, hehehe.

The windows are part of 'Silence' over at Daz [link]. There are some add on packs as well to make the decor a lot more majestic looking. If you're a Platinum club member they're all just $2, so I grabbed the lot for less than 10. I'm sure they'll come in useful.

Oh, and before I forget, there's a back and front with each of the windows. It was causing problems so I got rid of one lot so it was just a single pane for each window. There were also issues with using the displacement maps that came with the content, but I think I read that's a problem with this version of Reality. I could be wrong.

Cheers! :happybounce:
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mbinz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Finally posted it... [link] ...and I just bought the wings you used above in their sale! Do they have some decent feather textures in? I have an idea for them but it will be next year now... `)
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work, my dear. :clap: I'll have to leave a proper comment on it when I find time.

The wings have some nice colours, but they're not the most detailed wing textures that I've seen. That being said, it could be a good thing as I think the sheer size of the wings can slow things down. However, given that you quite regularly have monumental render times, I don't see it being too much of an issue for you, lol. :)

Not sure when I'm going to do my next piece either. I have ideas, but I'm waiting for things to go on sale, plus I have to be a little more choosy about what content I use for them.

Best wishes to you and yours for the season, and may your art flourish in the year to come. :hug:
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mbinz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Ah! Silence, yes I have that somewhere! `) I did find one issue with the fog and the windows in Sacrament, I usually extend the fog to be in the room and just outside, so that the room and windows are completly enclosed in the fog, but it never gave any rays. In the end I reduced the scale so that the edge of the fog was just no quite touching the inside of the window pane and the it worked fine. I will have to look into it, but I am assuming that it was something to do with the glass being a single mesh (i.e. no thickness), and the transition from glass material to fog material was getting messed up... `)
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FWArt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one. Totally amazing and just awesome. Hugs x
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HJ-Valdi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Sweetie. Very glad that you like it. :glomp: :tighthug:
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